Christian Books on the Afterlife
Christian beliefs about the afterlife vary, but the vast majority of Christians believe in heaven, where believers enjoy the presence of God and fellow believers forever. A slightly lesser majority of Christians believe in the existence of hell, where unbelievers or sinners are punished. Views differ as to whether hell is eternal and whether its punishment is spiritual or physical, and some Christians reject the notion altogether. Catholic and Orthodox Christians also believe in purgatory, a temporary place of punishment for Christians who have died with unconfessed sins.
|The Life of the World to Come: Near-Death Experience and Christian Hope: The Albert Cardinal Meyer Lectures
by Carol Zaleski
Carol Zaleski asks the question, "Are we rationally and morally entitled to believe in life after death?" and answers with a spirited and emphatic "yes." Drawing on a rich and varied array of sources ranging from Plato to St. Augustine to Heidegger, from the samurai warrior code to New Yorker cartoons to conversations with her young son, Zaleski not only brilliantly defends the right of Christians to believe in a life after death, but she illuminates the real value of imagining what that life might be like. ISBN: 0195103351
|Life After Death: A History of the Afterlife in Western Religion
by Alan Segal
A magisterial work of social history, Life After Death illuminates the many different ways ancient civilizations grappled with the question of what exactly happens to us after we die. ISBN: 0385422997
|Beyond Silence and Denial
by Lucy Bregman
Bregman guides the reader through the wealth of recent literature on death and dying, giving special attention to the autobiographical narratives of terminally ill people and to books offering counsel to the dying, their caregivers, and the bereaved.
|Returnings: Life-after-Death Experiences: A Christian View
by John Aurelio